Following rumours of imminent increase in transport fares starting on Monday, October 25, 2021, the Ghana Private Road Transport Union (GPRTU) says the public should disregard these rumours.
According to the GPRTU, due the recent increment in fuel prices at the pump, transport fares will obviously be affected but the increment will not start on Monday as it has been widely speculated.
The General Secretary of the Union, Godfred Abulbira Adogma says the leadership is still in talks with the government to scrap some taxes and levies placed on petroleum products adding that the increment will be implement if government fails to listen to them.
Speaking on Eyewitness News on Accra-based Citi News, the general secretary noted that, “we have not said anywhere that lorry fares will be increased on Monday. We have tabled out certain things with the Ministry, but when the discussions fail, we will have no option than to adjust our fares to cushion us from the new prices of fuel.”
“So the issue of a specific date of Monday is something we are all surprised. Government should really look at the fuel taxes and remove them because it is not helping,” Mr. Abulbira Adogma expressed.
Meanwhile government has approved the removal of the Price Stabilization and Recovery Levies (PRSL) on petrol, diesel, and LPG for two months which is expected to translate into a reduction in transport fares.
However, the GPRTU has advised the public to be measured in their expectations for a reduction in transport fares.